William Eamon

Ruth Se...
705 books | 545 friends

155 books | 264 friends

Ceri Ca...
109 books | 60 friends

Nicole ...
199 books | 166 friends

162 books | 58 friends

1,510 books | 1,192 friends

182 books | 120 friends

Rupert ...
94 books | 445 friends

More friends…

William Eamon

Goodreads Author

in Williston, ND, The United States



Member Since
June 2010


I am Regents Professor of History and Dean of the Honors College at New Mexico State University, where I have taught history of science and European history for almost 30 years. I’m a specialist in the history of science and medicine in Renaissance Italy and Spain, and most of what I write is about the origins of modern science. I have written and edited 3 books and more than 50 articles, essays, and book chapters. My book, Science and the Secrets of Nature: Books of Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was the winner of the History Book Award from the American Publishers Association. That book introduced the scholarly world to the “books of secrets” tradition and has received a lot of attenti ...more



[Note: This post is dedicated to my friend Jack Wright, Regents Professor of Geography at New Mexico State University, like Herodotus an inveterate traveler, like Pytheas a curious wanderer.]

Humans are by nature discoverers.  Anthropologists tell us that our earliest discoveries, the ones that have been taken to define human nature—the invention of tools, for example—were in fact the dis...

Read more of this blog post »
 •  0 comments  •  flag
Twitter icon
Published on January 15, 2014 18:05 • 233 views
Average rating: 3.4 · 131 ratings · 29 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Professor of Secrets: M...

3.32 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Science and the Secrets of ...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1994 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Más allá de la leyenda negr...

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

The Angel's Game
Rate this book
Clear rating


William’s Recent Updates

William Eamon is now friends with Louis Waldman
53954 37905
" You might like "The Professor of Secrets," my latest book; but I'm glad you like my blog, too! "
William Eamon wants to read
Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
by Gary Shteyngart (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
William Eamon is currently reading
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Rate this book
Clear rating
William Eamon has read
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of William's books…

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
The Seasonal Read...: Winter Challenge 2015: Task Ideas 43 291 Nov 09, 2015 12:47PM  
37905 National Book Critics Circle — 306 members — last activity May 02, 2016 03:10PM
The National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.
53954 Exceptional Books — 2019 members — last activity Sep 14, 2018 07:07PM
This book club is ONLY for books that are WRITTEN VERY WELL and have a GREAT STORY LINE. We ask that each member shelve at least 2 exceptional books t ...more

No comments have been added yet.